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TickTock: Austin City Council meeting 10.19.2017

Monday, October 23, 2017 by Elizabeth Pagano

TickTock is the sortable transcript of @austinmonitor Tweets from the most recent Austin City Council meeting.

ITEMS

TickTock for Friday, October 20, 2017

Participants:

austinmonitor 77

DanKeshet 1

rockogram 1

Thursday, October 19, 2017 9AM

‘This is the hammer’: Residents bring lawsuit in fight against Central Health — via @cubbie9000 https://t.co/WhxFC1k5Nb October 19, 2017 09:05 AM
All Access Readers! Get a head start on today’s City Council meeting with @lizpagano ‘s TipSheet. https://t.co/nUSHNRNh1q October 19, 2017 09:30 AM

Thursday, October 19, 2017 10AM

Commission vents about CodeNEXT’s momentum — via @JosephCaterine https://t.co/VfGUGCuyaA October 19, 2017 10:01 AM
Another Thursday, another #atxcouncil meeting. Let’s do this! October 19, 2017 10:19 AM
Pulled for discussion today are Items 8, 9, 18, 23, 58. Looks like 46 and 47 will be postponed again (at 2:00) October 19, 2017 10:25 AM
Direct hires get 2.5 percent raises. Salaries: $306, 233 (city manager) $136,510 (city clerk) 163,030 (city auditor) $133,286 (court clerk) October 19, 2017 10:27 AM
.@MayorAdler takes a minute to “welcome home” the Columbus Crew owner, if you were curious abt where he stood on this soccer franchise thing October 19, 2017 10:33 AM
Talking about extending the Red River pilot program, which is up for a six month extension at the moment. Stubbs is in favor of extension. October 19, 2017 10:35 AM
Mary Ingle of NUNA and ANC, also supports the extension, calls it a “successful project,” though she notes there is more work to do. October 19, 2017 10:36 AM
Also, you can check out postponements and such here: https://t.co/C1PvFX8Tt3 October 19, 2017 10:43 AM
Troxclair will be voting no on Items 3,11,12, 13, 59, 60 and abstaining from 16. October 19, 2017 10:44 AM
MPT Tovo notes that the Council committee appointment process has gotten a little off track (basically now made by mayor without discussion) October 19, 2017 10:45 AM
There seems to be agreement on the dais to talk about committee appointments in the future. October 19, 2017 10:46 AM
.@Alison_Alter joining the Audit and Finance committee, bringing the number on the committee to five, and starting a bit of a domino effect October 19, 2017 10:49 AM
Oops, nevermind, no @Alison_Alter on audit and finance right now, bc that opens up larger conversation, if there can be 5 CMs on committees October 19, 2017 10:50 AM
(CM Pool chimes in and says there should be six CMs on committees.) October 19, 2017 10:50 AM
Consent agenda passes, now on to Items 8 and 9 October 19, 2017 10:52 AM
These are parking agreements that originated in 2005, for the 2nd Street District. They are renewed every five years. October 19, 2017 10:54 AM
Tovo making the point that there seems to be a mix of parking philosophies downtown. October 19, 2017 10:57 AM
Basically questioning why the city grants two hours of free parking for shoppers, while downtown employees have to pay for parking… October 19, 2017 10:58 AM
This goes back to the city’s relationship to the Second Street District, which is definitely unique. October 19, 2017 10:58 AM

Thursday, October 19, 2017 11AM

Council to take up street impact fees today — via @jdevenyns4 https://t.co/FEyszwNpw2 October 19, 2017 11:01 AM
Looks like Items 8 and 9 will be postponed until November 9 October 19, 2017 11:03 AM
Item 18
Item 18 — this is the anti-lobbying ordinance, which isn’t quite cooked. Alter is nervous abt a contract being approved in its absence October 19, 2017 11:07 AM
Alter asking for a “modified version” of the ordinance to be put in place so its there for this (biosolids) contract. October 19, 2017 11:08 AM
CM Pool, who has taken the lead on the anti-lobbying ord. rewrite does not support the installation of Alter’s temporary ordinance October 19, 2017 11:09 AM
It sounds like she is worried that this proposal would jeopardize the process that is happening now, says new ord. can be ready by Nov. October 19, 2017 11:11 AM
Whellan, with TDS suggests pushing the biosolids contract due date back to solve the problem. October 19, 2017 11:13 AM
Looks like they are just going to put everything off, basically October 19, 2017 11:47 AM
Soliciation due date now the 14, and this will be postponed until the 9th October 19, 2017 11:47 AM

Thursday, October 19, 2017 12PM

What We Woke Up To: October 19, 2017 – https://t.co/BXXHkeLMsM October 19, 2017 12:05 PM

Thursday, October 19, 2017 2PM

Austin’s bid is in for Amazon’s second headquarters — via @maasdinero https://t.co/WCL45c4Sou October 19, 2017 02:01 PM
Item 62
Council is back, taking up the audit plan now, Item 62 October 19, 2017 02:51 PM
Here’s the current plan: https://t.co/Lv434ezVsD October 19, 2017 02:52 PM
Passes unanimously! October 19, 2017 02:55 PM

Thursday, October 19, 2017 3PM

Our Quote of the Day for Thursday, October 19, 2017. Read more: https://t.co/6lq7y4CcmD https://t.co/eVsCnDtffp October 19, 2017 03:01 PM
Item 49
Zoning up now! Item 49 will be up for discussion (everything else will either be postponed or approved on consent.) October 19, 2017 03:07 PM
Item 49
Item 49 up now, 12602 Blackfoot Trail. It’s complicated: https://t.co/CQ5Ka5iAfQ October 19, 2017 03:09 PM
Oh, there is a postponement request from the neighborhood, October 19, 2017 03:12 PM
Jimmy Flannigan — CM for this case — would like to see first reading done today. October 19, 2017 03:14 PM
rockogram "@austinmonitor Is this from a bot. I feel like a bot could write this every Thursday with the hashtag #atxcouncil"
@rockogram 😢 October 19, 2017 03:17 PM
Moving forward with first reading — applicant now explaining the “grave injustice” that has been visited upon the owner. October 19, 2017 03:19 PM
Basically, the city rezoned part of the property, threatening his business (he didn’t understand what was going on) Result: vacant bldg October 19, 2017 03:21 PM
Oh! the zoning divided an actual, existing building! October 19, 2017 03:21 PM
This case is crazy, and I love it (though it might now be super Twitter-friendly.) October 19, 2017 03:25 PM
The applicant just delightfully referred to the bi-zoned building as “neither fish nor fowl,” and noted “a house divided cannot stand.” October 19, 2017 03:28 PM
The bid here is to have the property zoned entirely commercial, so it can be actually used for business, basically October 19, 2017 03:29 PM
RT @MixingChris: Hehehe… Austin. https://t.co/T6NYlO5NcB October 19, 2017 03:35 PM
Neighborhood up now, saying that the owner chose to build on his lot and this complicated situation is a result of that October 19, 2017 03:43 PM
This is a special little neighborhood, says speaker, “the dogs even look out for the other dogs.” October 19, 2017 03:51 PM
Concerns are, presumably, this rezoning will fracture the fragile dog alliance. #dogeatdogworld #zoningmatters October 19, 2017 03:52 PM
CM Flannigan noting the weirdness is a D6 thing — annexation and prior development has created a zoning hodgepodge October 19, 2017 03:55 PM
Flannigan pushes to zone the whole property GR-MU, saying it practically won’t make much of a difference compared to LR zoning October 19, 2017 03:56 PM
Along with this, limiting access on Blackfoot. Wants to do that all at once at later readings. October 19, 2017 03:57 PM

Thursday, October 19, 2017 4PM

Pool makes a motion to add a list of uses that won’t be allowed, as per the ZAP recommendation. Adds liquor sales, just in case. October 19, 2017 04:21 PM
Property is near a school, so there is quite a bit of worrying about alcohol sales nearby. Or liquor sales. October 19, 2017 04:26 PM
…Though as far as I can tell, no one is pushing for alcohol or liquor sales at all, this conversation has, nonetheless, continued. October 19, 2017 04:27 PM
Ok, if anyone wants to sell liquor, they’ll need a waiver from Council. Now talking about that for a while. #atxcouncil October 19, 2017 04:32 PM
Oh good, now a debate over whether the school is a “day care” or a “private school” October 19, 2017 04:36 PM
DanKeshet "@austinmonitor that was fantastic"
@DanKeshet I need a drink. October 19, 2017 04:39 PM
Vote on the Conditional Overlay (not including alcohol prohibitions.) 3-8, Pool, Kitchen, Tovo in favor. October 19, 2017 04:42 PM
Now voting on the “alcohol issue,” oh, just kidding. Back to the daycare/ private school discussion. October 19, 2017 04:43 PM
Alcohol prohibition also fails, 4-7. Main motion to grant GR-MU zoning passes 8-3. October 19, 2017 04:46 PM
Oof, now on to street impact fees. #atxcouncil. This is the first step towards establishing these fees — $ to mitigate traffic from growth October 19, 2017 04:51 PM
This is going to establish the service areas and the land use assumptions – about 1.5 years (or longer) before the fees come online October 19, 2017 04:53 PM

Thursday, October 19, 2017 5PM

CM Flannigan is worried about this plan, especially with all of the changes on the horizon. (CodeNEXT) October 19, 2017 05:07 PM
CM Garza, looking at the proposed service areas, notes that using IH-35 is an arbitrary boundary with a bad history. October 19, 2017 05:08 PM
The service areas, apparently, limit where money can be spent. CM Kitchen also wary, though she’d like to move forward. October 19, 2017 05:09 PM
There are restrictions, apparently, on how big these “spending districts” can be (among other criteria) October 19, 2017 05:11 PM
Item 53
Annexations up now — apparently there are speakers on Item 53, so that’s being taken up first/now. October 19, 2017 05:22 PM
Adler up now, making a bid for why annexation is great, and how un-annexed areas benefit from the city. October 19, 2017 05:23 PM
This man does *not* agree with the mayor’s philosophy. Says he’s just fine without being part of the city. October 19, 2017 05:26 PM
State law will make it so residents will have to vote to be annexed, starting next year. These people would like to do that. October 19, 2017 05:27 PM
Speaker now is pro-taxes, but says that she was pushed out by high taxes in the city, so she’s sad about the annexation. October 19, 2017 05:29 PM
Speaker would like to postpone – sorry, the state law starts in December, not January — so the community can vote. October 19, 2017 05:30 PM
Now running through the rest of the annexations — just closing the public hearing on the other one, I think. No actual vote. October 19, 2017 05:38 PM
Meeting adjourned, friends! October 19, 2017 05:44 PM

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